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  • Writer's pictureFrank Oles

2009 Acura TSX

John Vassos, the service department director of Acura of Brookfield and friend of all NSXs, says the Acura TSX is "A no-brainer. Just buy it already!" These cars are bulletproof. And it's one of the few sedans on the market that you can still get a 6-speed manual transmission. If you see one, don't hesitate. It's one of the finest daily drivers you can purchase.

Seriously, this is one of the best all-around cars I have ever owned. Its 2.4 liter 4 cylinder makes 201 hp (take that Jetta and 1980 Corvette!) - that is what I call progress. Shift action is as slick as my old NSX, which is to say very precise and a pleasure to shift. Clutch action is smooth and easy - not too taxing in stop and go traffic either. Cindy LOVES this car. It has leather, sunroof, traction control, bluetooth, Satellite radio - the works!

I purchased the car from the second owner in Chicago with 45K miles on it - barely broken in. It needed a new front undertray (all the cars I purchase seem to). The only significant wear was on the opposite seat bolster on the driver's side - right where your arm rubs against it while shifting. I guess Acura wasn't planning on selling too many cars with a manual shift. A pitty, because even though this car is FWD, it handles like a dream, even in crummy weather.

The paint had a few more scratches than I would have liked, but in the market for one of these rare birds, one can't be too picky.

Lots of room in the trunk, and the rear seats fold down. We have even fit a mountain bike back there.

Here’s me driving the car home. There is a pleasurable sensation that goes through your arm when you shift this car - I am not kidding. A big step up from the Jetta in every way.

Trick rear suspension with double A-arms really handles, but also delivers a smooth ride. Way to go, Honda!

Finally, rims that look good AND are easy to clean. Unless you’re anal like me and make sure the visible back rim barrel is also spotless.

Oil changes with Mobil 1 Synthetic and a new undertray was the first order of business.

Shiny new undertray fitted. The only pain is undoing the 8 bolts that secure it every time I do an oil change.

Hoping to have many trouble free miles ahead with this car. Snazzy!

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